September 16, 2012 4:44:09 am
Journalists from Nepal on a visit to the city on Saturday stressed the need to strengthen ties between Nepal and Pune,a city which they said has always welcomed Nepalis with open arms.
There are around 60,000 Nepalis living in the city. There are many who have prospered here. The population has gelled well with Puneites. It is heartening to see many Nepalis speaking fluent Marathi, said Om Sharma,Secretary,Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ),who has also served as a Media Advisor to the Revolutionary Maoist leader Prachanda.
A delegation of 12 journalists representing FNJ,on a visit to the country on Press Club of Mumbai inviatation,attended an interaction session organised by city-based NGO Sarhad,which works for the peace and prosperity in conflict-affected area. The visit by the team will boost fraternal relations and encourage exchange programmes between media persons of the two countries, said Sanjay Nahar,founder president of Sarhad.
Speaking about the city,Sharma said,I had read about Pune when I was a student. The city is quite similar to Lumbini,the birthplace of Gautam Buddha,which gave the world a message of peace and brotherhood.
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The members said after the end of monarchy in Nepal,the country is walking on the path of secular democracy that is attracting the common man into politics. In future,the Indo-Nepal ties are likely to strengthen with the governments effort to promote tourism,said the members of the delgation.
The delegation also visited Ralegan Siddhi where they met social activist Anna Hazare.
Annaji is very popular in Nepal. We have been closely following his anti-graft movement. It also got a fair amount of coverage in the Nepali media. We were very eager to meet him and talk to him. We invited him to Nepal to which he has agreed, said Rajesh Mishra,a member of the delegation.
According to Hazares aide Datta Awari the activist has promised the delegation a visit to Nepal.
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